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Can a viral infection turn into a bacterial infection

A 31-year-old member asked:
Dr. Jose Abreu
Obstetrics and Gynecology 33 years experience
Never.: A virus is one pathogen and a bacteria is another. What occurs sometimes is that you get a cold, ie. Virus and then with the mucus you get a supperim... Read More

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A 36-year-old member asked:
Dr. Robert Kwok
Pediatrics 33 years experience
Different germ types: Bacteria are larger germs, and they can live in a broth or culture dish in a lab, or sometimes in soup, egg salad, etc... Treatment is with "antibioti... Read More
Dr. Hasan Noubani
Pediatric Cardiology 36 years experience
Different treatment: Bacterial infections usually responds to antibiotics however the viral infection does not. The presentations and the course are different.
A 46-year-old member asked:
Dr. Vance Harris
Family Medicine 37 years experience
Not much difference: Generally people recover from viral infections a little faster but that is certainly not always the case. Influenza and other serious viruses can take... Read More
A 33-year-old member asked:
Dr. Sewa Legha
Medical Oncology 50 years experience
Ggod question!: There are some clear differences, which one ought to know. Most virus infections cause a short illness of 3-5 days and then go away on their own. We d... Read More
A 51-year-old male asked:
Dr. Clarene Cress
Specializes in Pediatrics
Bacterial only: Unless there is an additional immune disorder affecting lymphocytes, one would expect a person with chronic benign neutropenia to have more problems w... Read More
A 53-year-old member asked:
Dr. Heidi Fowler
Psychiatry 25 years experience
If the cause of: illness can't be determined through history and physical examination - that lab tests may be required.
A 18-year-old female asked:
Dr. David Barrere
Obstetrics and Gynecology 9 years experience
Virus v Bacteria: The simple answer, and not trying to sound flip, is that viruses causes viral illnesses, bacteria cause bacterial infections. Antibiotics can help... Read More
A 34-year-old member asked:
Dr. Thomas Josa
Allergy and Immunology 39 years experience
Short answer: It depends on the individual organism. For example some viruses trigger the immune system to mount a cytotoxic cellular response in which the infecte... Read More
A 55-year-old female asked:
Dr. Jon Fishburn
Ophthalmology 30 years experience
Antibiotics; time: Bacterial infections of the eyes are treated with antibiotics specific for the likely causal organism, whereas viral infections are ordinarily managed... Read More
A 23-year-old female asked:
Dr. John Munshower
Family Medicine 30 years experience
In general: In general, low grade fevers are usually viral, whereas persistent higher fevers indicate a possible bacterial infection. That being said, any infec... Read More

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